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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday Taylor SO cents November Herald x USPS 377880 KX New Texas LCRA plans rate increepe to pay for construction By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer Lower Colorado River Authority has an nounced electric rate increases for its wholesale including a percent boost for New Braunfels effective Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said Friday the increase would be applied to kilowatt hours on electric users monthly but would not affect the fuel cost portion of the Bills are made up of two the energy part and the fuel The average bill is 50 to 60 percent fuel so if we raise half of your bill by then we have ef fectively raised the whole bill by about 3 or 4 The LCRA has justified the rate increase by pointing to its million construction and the Wholesale Power an organization of LCRA customers to which Utilities has tentatively agreed to Sohn They are undertaking a large construction effort costing ultimately This is the amount its going to take to finance those The rate increase is for debt service he The composed of 41 wholesale power including 23 municipallyowned has hired an attorney and a rate con sultant to look out for its As an it has considerable leverage in dealing with Sohn Prior to when we banded we had very little In 1976 they LCRA decided they were going to finance construction just with rate Sohn The customers decided to form a and went before the Public Utilities Commission to fight the It got kinda sticky it really gave them a In they decided rather than would be easier to We can understand their need for these in theyve learned their The minute they start talking about an increase they bring us into open their books to Sohn said the whosesale customers agreed the need for the money is and the way want to finance it is The rate increases will be different for each power and are based on kilowatt and For the Guadalupe Valley Electric Coops rate increase will be the City of Seguin will ex perience a percent The largest will be assumed by Pedernales Electric A provision in the citys proposed new electric ordinance permits LtiFIA to adjust the power The Which will take passage of one more reading Council before it becomes Braunf elf Utilities shall add or subtract any power CJdst adjustment received from supplier LCRAjjto customer uniformly applied kilowatthour such adjustment becomiriffeffective immediately upon receipt of suppMr and official notification to the Utilities Board of Trustees and the New Braunfels City pay propor tionately less for pojtfer rates than for fuel The average homeowiier pays less for fuel costs than and it isjenergythat the rate in crease is applied tovj The more fuel ybi the more it costs But as you use morejdlowatt the energy cost part comes down The fuel costs for most commercial jisjers is more than the energy part of their and for residential users the opposite is usually Theres a point where both costs are about Sohn Foreign languages Interest high despite deemphasis elsewhere By JACQUELINE SMlf Staff writer it fias been saidinaTT V nationwide foreign language is becoming less attractive to high school students as a Unlike many years ago when such languages as not to mention were required courses for high school nowadays these languages are offered as an elective class one the student does not have to In several of the larger colleges and universities have either weakened or dropped their foreign language requirements Instead of requiring students to complete so many collegecredit hours of foreign language in order to many larger schools now allow students to substitute a group of other classes for this There are ways to get around it the foreign language said Christine who has taught German at Canyon High since language compared to other countries according to for There should be more people that speak foreign she The universities and colleges are getting so big that theyve got to keep their enrollment up and to do theyve dropped their language Taylor Universities are They need larger enrollments and so theyve made it easier to get Although it is not a required subject at New Canyon or Smithson Valley high foreign language seems to be holding its according to local And even though language is not a required most teachers agree that their class size has in creased over the Because language is taken as an elective one that is not needed in order to students seem to be motivated to said Benno who has taught German at New years his an interest in So why do students pick a class in foreign language over other courses Some of the reasons are as simple as hearing from other students that the teacher who teaches a particular foreign language class is a good Taylor Another attraction to learning a second language is because it is a prerequisite to have had the first class of a language before becoming a member of the German or French And such things as students organizing a tour of state Christmas field trips and other activities planned for foreign language club members attract students into joining these clubs and in See Page 16A It looks like least at first Photographed Casjtiel these two ladies were wearing matching red scarves and navy blue coats and carried nearly identical The shoes provide the only clues in telling them Leftists murders spark violence in El Salvador SAN El Salvador AP Gunbattles erupted early Saturday in this tense city as supporters mourned six leftist leaders they claim were kidnapped and assassinated by government Twenty people were reported killed in the new surge of Police said the latest victims were all killed in overnight gunfights and other An estimated mostly have been killed this year in the struggle for power between leftand right wing Witnesses said army patrols and leftwing guerrilla bands fought at least nine gun fights in poorer districts of San A brief gunfight at midday caused panic among the hundreds of people milling about the plaza outside the Metropolitan The bodies of the six slain leaders had been placed guarded by armed until a bomb exploded out side the church Friday injuring The bodies were secretly removed to a funeral home in a poor neighborhood following the blast and would be returned to the cathedral at a later Roman Catholic church sources Police said they had no immediate reports of casualties in the cathedral area More than 300 leftist youths wearing red and black bandana handkerchiefs across their faces surrounded the draped large banners across the entrance and See EL Page 16A Truck explosion blocks both lanes of interstate Roek9fs red glare New Braunfels firefighters rummage through the charred cases of fireworks that exploded into flames in the back of a rented truck traveling southbound on No one was injured in Staff photo Saturdays incident however worth of fireworks may be The probable cause of the fire was the combination of exhaust heat and the accumulation of f uei The northbound and southbound lanes of IH35 in north New Braunfels were closed for approximately an hour Saturday while firefighters worked to extinguish a fireworks explosion in a The incident occurred at approximately when Guadalupe Amador and Jesus Mireles of Austin heard a noise like a flat tire and drove their rented truck to the side of the The men were transporting worth of fireworks from Austin to Rio Grande The driver of the truck saw said he saw and got out of the car to investigate the rear of the When he opened the rear door and saw more he and the passenger ran from the The men said motorists offered to help them put out the fire with fire New Braunfels Department of Public Safety Sheriffs deputies and police patrolmen arrived at the scene shortly before 4 While troopers closed both lanes of firefighter Bob Reed opened the rear door of the truck to ex tinguish the When Reed opened the the truck knocking Reed and other firefighters The explosion singed his facial Reed The explosion sent rockets blazing through the he Partida said the fire pattern was near the trucks exhaust outlet and there was a hole burned through the bed of the in dicating a good possibility that a com binatipn of heat and accumulation of gas vapors may have started the Fire Inspector Jack Wilkson adding that since a rag instead of a gas cap was covering the trucks gasoline fume exhausts combined with heat was the probable cause of the No one was injured in the firefighters Inside 16A TV 2 pages
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